I believe that the discussion about the concept of disclosure had
transgressed from legal concepts to protect the consumer from
fraud, to moralistic-ethical-inky-dinky when the subject is about
provence of a diamond.
Actually, this is where the discussion started. When I originally
threw out the question, I had no worry what-so-ever about my legal
situation. I was worried that while some people would enjoy knowing
where the stones came from, others would not. I would hate to spoil
the sale by misreading the customer.
what cooties are inhabiting a stone seems like belief in voodoo.
And we all know that many people who love jewelry do believe in that
kind of voodoo. As much as we benefit from this intense feelings for
the symbols we craft, there often comes a time when you have to say,
“It is just a symbol!” like, your marriage is not going to fail
because you lost your ring.
The diamonds that started this discussion were bought from a family
with a dramatic history, some of it heroic and historic, but more
likely to be remembered for flipping burgers at the local greasy
spoon or sipping beer at the tavern. Their story is well known
locally. The old man had a pair of “brass ones”. If I was selling his
gun collection the legacy would be worth a fair premium. Their
marriages didn’t last and their offspring are scattered.
Given that it is reasonable, knowing the history, to assume that
someone who is superstitious would consider the material jinxed, I
will disclose the history to anyone locally before I make the sale.
Since most of my sales are not local, I will say that the stones are
from an estate piece if the sale goes out of town, but hope that I
can find a customer who can be happy to know where they came from.